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Spring Athletics Highlights
Mustangs bring home 3 league titles and 1 CIF-SS Championship!
Spring sports have come to a close, but not without an exciting season for our Mustang student-athletes. Despite COVID limitations and modified seasons, teams found ways to get creative with scheduling and facility space in order to persevere. Our golf, tennis, swimming and track & field programs all had strong showings in CIF-SS postseason competition.
Through it all, the Mustangs brought home 3 league titles and 1 CIF-SS Championship. Congratulations to all our spring student-athletes for their commitment and dedication to Marlborough Athletics.
New Sports: eSports and Beach Volleyball
The athletic program saw the addition of eSports and Beach Volleyball to its list of sport offerings this spring. eSports saw steady improvement in their first season, as they wrapped up the year with a win over Pierce High School. The Beach Volleyball team finished the year with a 3-3 record and advanced to their first playoff appearance in year one.
The Golf Team had an impressive 3rd place finish in the Mission League this year and saw 3 golfers, Sidney B. '21, Lauren L. '23 & Lexie B. '23, qualify for the Mission League Individual Finals, with Sidney B. ‘21 and Lauren L. ‘23 both placing in the top 8 at League Individuals and advancing to the CIF-SS Individual Regionals at Los Robles Greens. Lauren finished a long 6 hour round of golf, shooting 90, placing her in the top half of the 230 total golfers.
The Lacrosse team ended the regular season as co-champions of the Mission League and advanced to their very first CIF-SS playoff appearance. In the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoff game, the team took on Corona del Mar at the Historic Belmar Park.
“I was very excited because, as a team, we had settled on the mindset that we just needed to give our all and have fun with it. Although the pressure was high, I knew I had my team with me who would always stay supportive and motivated no matter the outcome,” says Ella K. ‘24.
It was a hard-fought game, but the team ultimately lost to a very strong Corona del Mar team, finishing the season with an 8-4 record. With a young talented core of returning players, the future looks bright for the lacrosse program.
The soccer program navigated ever changing schedules and found ways to build off of strong team chemistry with solid performances late in the season, before a close 1-2 defeat to Louisville in the last game of the season that saw the team narrowly miss out on postseason competition. With a summer clinic on the horizon, the team looks to use that momentum and time together to prepare for a strong showing in ‘21-’22.
The Marlborough swim team was named the Sunshine League Champions, with 7 swimmers qualifying for the CIF-SS Division 2 Championship at Santa Margarita Cathlolic High School, including Isabelle S. '21, Stella V. '23, Nora B. '22, Chloe K. '24, Allie K. '24, Lara V.'22, and Sara T. '23.
Team co-captain, Graciela S.-T. ‘21 credits team chemistry for their win. “We got everyone motivated every meet. Cheering during swim meets really bonded everyone together. There was not one race that didn’t have a cheer squad of Marlborough teammates.”
This was a particularly special year for Isabelle S. ‘21 who won the 100 yard Backstroke Championship in CIF-SS Division 2.
“It had been a goal of mine to win an individual CIF event since freshman year,” shares Isabelle. “When I pushed off the wall for my last lap of the race, I was about a body length ahead and I knew I was going to win. I was in a lot of pain from the race, but I was also living through the payoff of many years of training which made me extremely happy. I ended up getting a personal best time and breaking my school record by a second. It has been such an honor to represent Marlborough these past four years, and I’m grateful to have finished my career on a high note.”
After an exciting undefeated regular season in Mission League play, the Marlborough Varsity Tennis Team went on to win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championship on May 21st, 2021. The team had a tough draw early on, only narrowly defeating Yorba Linda and Martin Luther King High School in the first two rounds. In the semi-finals, the team had a strong showing against Woodbridge defeating the Warriors 12-6 before heading to the championship match and downing Beckman High School 12-6 to win the title. Read more about the tennis team’s CIF-SS Division 1 Championship season here.
Track & Field
While the Marlborough track & field team had a modified season, participating in only three meets during the regular season, the team had six student-athletes qualify for the CIF-SS preliminary meet held at Carpinteria High School: Fallyn G. 24 in the 100m hurdles, Sophia F ‘24 in the 200m, Maisie W. ‘22 in the 300m hurdles, Elise Y. ‘23 in the Pole Vault, and Sonora R. ‘21, Spencer Y. ‘23, Sophia F. ‘24 and Fallyn G. ‘24 in the 4x100m relay.
“As a team, I think we did reasonably well considering our season was short and our team was small, but I am excited to participate next year in a normal track season with no COVID-19 restrictions,” shares Fallyn G. ‘24 about the season.
“We haven’t had that much time spent practicing on an actual track, which has made meets more difficult,” says Maisie W. ‘22, so she has been thinking about this year more as a training year. “I just try to keep in mind that this year is just helping me improve for next year.”
Both Fallyn G. ‘24 and Elise Y. ‘23 advanced to the CIF-SS Finals at Carpinteria High School, with Fallyn placing 3rd and Elise placing 5th overall.
“Each practice was a learning experience,” adds Fallyn. “I tried my best to execute every given piece of advice on the track. That is what I think ultimately contributed to my performance this season, but this is just the beginning.”
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